Ironically, the groups that are responsible for monitoring and informing others about the dangers of DDoS attacks are often targets of such attacks themselves, NexusGuard reported in its Q1 2016 Threat Report. One company in particular, Loryka LLC, was the target of 90 such attacks in Q1 2016.
In regard to the specific type of DDoS attacks, Nexusguard found that researchers are most often hit with network time protocol (NTP) attacks. However, attack duration times have decreased to under 10 minutes, which is predicted to be a sign of more “DDoS-for-hire” services, (also known as botnet-for-hire services). Incapsula found that roughly 40 percent of all network-layer attacks were perpetrated by botnets last year.
Nexusguard Chief Scientist Terrence Gareau said the rise of DDoS-for-hire attacks is responsible for a change to the threat landscape as a whole.
"Researchers and their related groups are becoming high-valued targets for digital criminals,” he said, in the report. “We have seen this in the past, but never as a primary target for a whole quarter, making the findings in this quarterly report all the more important."
The United States and China ranked as the number one and number two countries, respectively, that were most likely to be targeted by attackers. Middle Eastern countries also saw an 83 percent increase in attacks in Q1, according to Nexusguard. The company predicts that the amount of attacks against Middle Eastern nations is directly related to current geopolitical tensions in the area.
So what does all of this mean for channel partners? On the one hand, it is more important than ever before for companies to implement some form of protection against DDoS attacks, lest they fall victim to targeted strikes from cybercriminals and botnets. However, the rise in attacks is also a blessing in disguise for companies who offer protection services, especially for those who can effectively differentiate and provide unique offerings to their end users.